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A collection of short stories from such contributors as Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, and Ursula K. LeGuin covers topics such as the golden age, new wave, cyberpunk, and virtual sex. Contents 1 • Introduction (The Playboy Book of Science Fiction) • essay by Alice K. Turner 3 • The Lost City of Mars • (1967) • novelette by Ray Bradbury 35 • Nine Lives • (1969) • novelette by A collection of short stories from such contributors as Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, and Ursula K. LeGuin covers topics such as the golden age, new wave, cyberpunk, and virtual sex. Contents 1 • Introduction (The Playboy Book of Science Fiction) • essay by Alice K. Turner 3 • The Lost City of Mars • (1967) • novelette by Ray Bradbury 35 • Nine Lives • (1969) • novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin 63 • Deathwatch • (1965) • shortstory by Norman Spinrad 71 • Masks • (1968) • shortstory by Damon Knight 85 • Welcome to the Monkey House • (1968) • shortstory by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. 105 • The Dead Astronaut • (1968) • shortstory by J. G. Ballard 119 • The Schematic Man • (1969) • shortstory by Frederik Pohl 127 • Can You Feel Anything When I Do This? • (1969) • shortstory by Robert Sheckley 139 • Transit of Earth • (1971) • shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke 155 • Report on the Threatened City • (1971) • novelette by Doris Lessing 189 • Leviathan! • [Svetz] • (1970) • shortstory by Larry Niven 203 • All the Birds Come Home to Roost • (1979) • shortstory by Harlan Ellison 219 • The Apotheosis of Myra • (1980) • novelette by Walter Tevis 243 • Frozen Journey • (1980) • shortstory by Philip K. Dick 265 • Gianni • (1982) • shortstory by Robert Silverberg 287 • The Word Processor • (1983) • shortstory by Stephen King 309 • Interstellar Pigeon • (1982) • shortstory by Donald E. Westlake 329 • Heirs of the Perisphere • (1985) • shortstory by Howard Waldrop 349 • Earth Station Charlie • (1986) • shortstory by Billy Crystal 357 • Slow, Slow Burn • [Budayeen] • (1988) • shortstory by George Alec Effinger 377 • More Than the Sum of His Parts • (1985) • shortstory by Joe Haldeman 397 • Sen Yen Babbo & the Heavenly Host • (1987) • shortstory by Chet Williamson 415 • Fire Zone Emerald • (1986) • novelette by Lucius Shepard 441 • The Ghost Standard • (1994) • shortstory by William Tenn 453 • An Office Romance • (1997) • shortstory by Terry Bisson


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A collection of short stories from such contributors as Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, and Ursula K. LeGuin covers topics such as the golden age, new wave, cyberpunk, and virtual sex. Contents 1 • Introduction (The Playboy Book of Science Fiction) • essay by Alice K. Turner 3 • The Lost City of Mars • (1967) • novelette by Ray Bradbury 35 • Nine Lives • (1969) • novelette by A collection of short stories from such contributors as Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, and Ursula K. LeGuin covers topics such as the golden age, new wave, cyberpunk, and virtual sex. Contents 1 • Introduction (The Playboy Book of Science Fiction) • essay by Alice K. Turner 3 • The Lost City of Mars • (1967) • novelette by Ray Bradbury 35 • Nine Lives • (1969) • novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin 63 • Deathwatch • (1965) • shortstory by Norman Spinrad 71 • Masks • (1968) • shortstory by Damon Knight 85 • Welcome to the Monkey House • (1968) • shortstory by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. 105 • The Dead Astronaut • (1968) • shortstory by J. G. Ballard 119 • The Schematic Man • (1969) • shortstory by Frederik Pohl 127 • Can You Feel Anything When I Do This? • (1969) • shortstory by Robert Sheckley 139 • Transit of Earth • (1971) • shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke 155 • Report on the Threatened City • (1971) • novelette by Doris Lessing 189 • Leviathan! • [Svetz] • (1970) • shortstory by Larry Niven 203 • All the Birds Come Home to Roost • (1979) • shortstory by Harlan Ellison 219 • The Apotheosis of Myra • (1980) • novelette by Walter Tevis 243 • Frozen Journey • (1980) • shortstory by Philip K. Dick 265 • Gianni • (1982) • shortstory by Robert Silverberg 287 • The Word Processor • (1983) • shortstory by Stephen King 309 • Interstellar Pigeon • (1982) • shortstory by Donald E. Westlake 329 • Heirs of the Perisphere • (1985) • shortstory by Howard Waldrop 349 • Earth Station Charlie • (1986) • shortstory by Billy Crystal 357 • Slow, Slow Burn • [Budayeen] • (1988) • shortstory by George Alec Effinger 377 • More Than the Sum of His Parts • (1985) • shortstory by Joe Haldeman 397 • Sen Yen Babbo & the Heavenly Host • (1987) • shortstory by Chet Williamson 415 • Fire Zone Emerald • (1986) • novelette by Lucius Shepard 441 • The Ghost Standard • (1994) • shortstory by William Tenn 453 • An Office Romance • (1997) • shortstory by Terry Bisson

30 review for The Playboy Book of Science Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michael Burnam-Fink

    "I read Playboy for the articles" is as tired as a joke can get, but don't be lulled by the cliche. Playboy published some pretty serious science-fiction, by grandmasters like Bradbury, Le Guin, Vonnegutt, Niven, Ballard, and Philip K. Dick. This is as serious as a 20th century scifi anthology gets, with strong stories from classic authors. The themes are bent towards the New Wave, psychological science fiction about minds and bodies and alienation, and yes, just a little sex, but not an overwhe "I read Playboy for the articles" is as tired as a joke can get, but don't be lulled by the cliche. Playboy published some pretty serious science-fiction, by grandmasters like Bradbury, Le Guin, Vonnegutt, Niven, Ballard, and Philip K. Dick. This is as serious as a 20th century scifi anthology gets, with strong stories from classic authors. The themes are bent towards the New Wave, psychological science fiction about minds and bodies and alienation, and yes, just a little sex, but not an overwhelming amount. I'd say my favorite of the collection was "Gianni" by Robert Silverberg, about a classical composer brought forward into the 21st century, but it's not an easy choice.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Astrila

    A cute collection of stories, but no where close to erotica. My favorite is the Microsoft Office one. Most of them are pretty cheap ditties, but a quick, fun read overall.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Fraser Sherman

    Despite the jokes, you really could read Playboy for the articles and the fiction; Hugh Hefner paid top dollar for quality and it shows (he knew Sex + Sophistication would sell better than Sex alone). So we have stories by Bradbury, Ellison, Vonnegut, Doris Lessing, Billy Crystal (not a name normally associated with SF) and multiple others. Most of them are good, but Vonnegut's "Welcome to the Monkey House" is way too rapey. Despite the jokes, you really could read Playboy for the articles and the fiction; Hugh Hefner paid top dollar for quality and it shows (he knew Sex + Sophistication would sell better than Sex alone). So we have stories by Bradbury, Ellison, Vonnegut, Doris Lessing, Billy Crystal (not a name normally associated with SF) and multiple others. Most of them are good, but Vonnegut's "Welcome to the Monkey House" is way too rapey.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sonic

    Fun collection of stories. Some I'd never read before! Fun collection of stories. Some I'd never read before!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mergenc Pater

    Hát nem tudom. Ezekkel a nevekkel azért sokkal ütősebbet is össze lehetett volna pakolni.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brian Gaston

    This is a great selection of golden age science fiction short stories.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brett

    Science Fiction,Anthology

  8. 5 out of 5

    Twerking To Beethoven

    Some ace stuff here, hey! Doris Lessing's and Harlan Ellison's offerings are, by far, my favs. A quick and very pleasant read. Good value for money. Some ace stuff here, hey! Doris Lessing's and Harlan Ellison's offerings are, by far, my favs. A quick and very pleasant read. Good value for money.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Restless34

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mike Fullerton

  12. 4 out of 5

    Constructionv4

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jon

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alli

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sudarshan Dayanidhi

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jared Dallas

  18. 4 out of 5

    Placyd

  19. 5 out of 5

    Димитър Кочев

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

  21. 5 out of 5

    Silvia

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gail

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ondrej

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shital

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cazibe Yigit

  26. 4 out of 5

    Neil Shelley

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rd

  28. 4 out of 5

    Коста Сивов

  29. 5 out of 5

    Franklin Hummel

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elly Zupko

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